Thursday, December 13, 2012

doTERRA Slim and Sassy Body Wraps

This is going to be a fun one, mostly because I searched for information on the online and could find very little if anything useful. So, here's the story.

doTERRA has an essential oil blend called Slim and Sassy that's designed to promotes a healthy metabolism, stimulate the endocrine system, help manage hunger cravings, and purify and cleanse your body. You can find various stories and claims out there, but it's so hard to tell if it's really the S&S helping or if it's the other stuff like diet and exercise. This particular product has all the potential for a placebo effect, so let's see what we can do to test it.

Long story short, we got the Slim and Sassy New You Kit (two containers of the protein shake mix, four 15ml Slim and Sassy bottles, and a Lifelong Vitality Pack for good measure -- the kit was available for a limited time, so now you'll have to make do with the Trim Kit. I'm not really using most of the stuff -- I'll leave that for my awesome wife, who wanted to try out the product and see if it would help her -- but the oils are there and we now have four bottles, so why not try something a little different?

One of the ideas I've heard bandied about is doing a Slim and Sassy Body Wrap party. Sure, that's more of a girly thing, but my spare tire seems to have gone from something for a passenger car to a large tire suitable for a Mac Truck. Idea firmly planted in my mind, I set out to find some instructions. Guess what? No one is posting anything! So I'm going to be first with my totally made up recipe. Well, maybe it's not completely made up, but this is what a friend said she wanted to try, and so I just went with it. The idea is to make something similar to the It Works Body Wrap, only with doTERRA oils.

1) Combine 10 drops Slim and Sassy oil with 1 teaspoon high quality oil (e.g. fractionated coconut oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, etc.) -- I used extra virgin olive oil, because we had plenty of it and it's cheap! (What do you call a one ton canary? CHEEEEEAP!)

2) Rub the mixture around the cellulite infested area(s) you want to address -- thighs, stomach, arms are all possibilities, but I decided to go for the abdomen, love handles, and lower back.

3) Wrap area with three or four layers of plastic wrap/Saran wrap, then put your shirt back on. (You'll want to do this without members of the opposite sex around -- unless it's your wife/husband.)

4) Wait. Some say one hour, some two, some say do it overnight! I chose to go with the two hour regimen.

I took measurements before I put on the wrap: 42" around the biggest area of my stomach/back. I also snapped a few photos showing my totally manly back, before and after applying the wrap. If you have a weak stomach, you might want to avert your eyes -- too late! ;-) But it's nothing you won't see at a swimming pool or beach.

That shows the "before" pictures, but what about after? Well, for after you're going to have to wait until tomorrow -- I still have a bit more time until I take the wrap off, and I need to get to bed! I'll update in the morning when I have measurements and pictures. What I can tell you in the meantime is that I definitely feel the burn -- not like "ouch, that's painful!" burning, but all around the wrapped area I feel super tingly. Tingly is good, right?

Addendum: The idea of a wrap magically melting away fat is a bit of a pipe dream, I'd say. But even if it might help, using plastic wrap on top of the oils doesn't seem particularly healthy. Aren't we trying to detox here? Plastics have toxins, right? Anyway, if you read the other entries in my wraps blog, basically the conclusion is that this isn't the way to do it.

--== Skeptical Homeopath ==--